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The birds and the bees and the termites Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830187

Why is Chrysalis still alone? Why can't she just lay another thousand eggs and generate a new army of workers and soldiers? Does she need a male? If male changelings develop from unfertilized eggs, as in termites, ants, and bees, why can't she just lay an egg and make a male by herself? Do transformed changelings (the ones with antlers) have different sex-determination mechanisms?

Faust wouldn't have neglected the biology here.
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Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830188

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There hasn't really been any confirmation that Chrysalis can lay eggs on her own. She may have needed a male.

Looking at Ocellus' family, it seems like she has a more typical family unit including two adult figures, so two may be necessary and Chrysalis might not have been the only one making eggs, assuming she even did lay any and she was only interested in the eggs hatching from the nursery since they'd be her future minions.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830189

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But Chrysalis was THE mother in the hive. The other changelings were workers, not reproductives -- and there was no sign of a consort. Therefore, her species must have reproduced like bees or ants: one reproductive female, who mates once, stores sperm, and produces eggs. The fertilized eggs hatch into maggot-like larvae; those are canon. The grubs must have undergone a complete metamorphosis at some point, spinning a cocoon with the green stuff they used for pony pods, pupating, and emerging as sexless workers.

The pastel-colors-and-antlers magic event completely transformed changeling reproduction into something mammalian. Compare the images of baby changelings in the pictures attached to your post and mine.

If Chrysalis could produce thousands of workers with no male in sight back before that change, why can't she do it now?

One possible reason: not enough stored food left in her body. She needs to eat some more kittens.
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>But Chrysalis was THE mother in the hive.

I think she was the leader of the hive and probably no mother at all.

Marimo(phone)Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830193

I don’t see any reason why the regular soldiers couldn’t also reproduce with her if she wanted them too. I think the reason we never saw any further answers about that is because it was never important or necessary to give the audience info about how changelings reproduced. Heck, even with pony genetics they joke about how sometimes it can just follow more cartoonish logic, like how Mrs Cake wasn’t even blood related to a Pegasus but can still give birth to one.

Besides, if they were really meant to be like a hive then Chrysalis wouldn’t have her sleek design and constantly be on the frontlines like in A Canterot Wedding or the changeling bad future of Cutie Remark. She’d be fat from being pregnant, sitting on her throne pumping out babies and having her food delivered to her. The Chrysalis we got would’ve been just some elite guard or something.

AustroSpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830196

Mr Cake, more like Mr Cuck

a lost pony !piNKiEPie.Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830201

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She's available!

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